While forcing you to back up may be a valid reason, or you can just back up anyway. Or if you do have a habit of installing kernel extensions and UNIX apps that pepper files everywhere, then that's another good reason.<br><br>But other than that, an old install runs exactly the same as a new install. The bits in the system's files are exactly the same and they don't change after time. The exact same code is loaded into RAM. Cleaning your caches and log files so the OS doesn't have to sift through them is the only thing you really need to do.<br><br>
#222737 - 04/05/0508:16 PMRe: Software activation - what a hassle
"But other than that, an old install runs exactly the same as a new install. The bits in the system's files are exactly the same and they don't change after time. The exact same code is loaded into RAM. "<br><br>True, especially if all you do is install nothing but system software and let your computer sit idle. But human beings actually use OSes, and more files get added over time. Hard drives continually have more and more files to sort through. So please explain how more files are faster to sort than less?<br><br>
Actually, that's not the way it works. It's quite easy to just deactivate your activation before you wipe your machine and then you can easily reactivate it when you do your fresh install. If you mess up, I am sure customer service will make things right. I used activation for Macromedia Director. I installed it on one computer at home even though it was for my work computer. I didn't realize it used activation when I started to install. It took me only 3 seconds to deactivate and that was that. Very hassle-free.<br><br>I agree with others in this thread that people don't need to do fresh installs unless they are just being careless in how they use their machines, like installing every shareware app and system utilities or prefs and menu apps and the like. A normal user should never have to do a fresh install and never have a slowdown because of the system getting out of sorts. Just leave your machine on all night and the system will do wonders to itself. Now, in the days of OS 9 things were quite different, but now the reinstall for most people is simply about perceptions, not reality.<br><br>Looks like a nice forum here. I tried Apple forums in the past and a long time ago I visited MacNN and participated now and then, but this place just seems like more of a community. Perhaps I'll stick around when I have time between projects (advertising). Adios.<br><br>
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Well, the point is some software behometh should not dictate to me whether or not I can format my hard drive and reinstall whenever I want. That's my decision, not theirs. <br><br>We have accepted that when we buy a piece of software, we're only purchasing a license to use it, rather than any actual tangible property. At what point does it just become ridiculous?<br><br>Now, I realize that the activation schemes being talked about are not the end of the world. And if you made your bread and butter on Photoshop, you would tolerate any activation scheme Adobe threw your way. <br><br>I just hate the trend. What's next? Continuous monitoring over the Internet whenever you use the software? If they really wanted to stamp out casual (not all) privacy, use a dongle. But since they don't want to do that, they'd rather create the big brother activation database. <br><br>
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